Introducing Bravado FIFA
NEWS | Abdullah 'anneKsiy' Adam | FIFA | December 12, 2017
Fifa, the sports game produced by EA, is one of the most played games on the planet. Everyone from your grandmother to your cousin’s cat has played some Fifa, therefore it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a game this popular has an huge competitive scene. Read more about this wonderful surprise and addition to the Bravado camp of professional e-sport athletes!
In South Africa, I think it’s safe to say that FIFA is in the top 3 of most played games, be it regularly or irregularly, everyone has had a go. We also have a large fan base for actual football in South Africa with people from all races, ethnicities, backgrounds and religions enjoying football as both a sport as well as a form of entertainment. Much like any racing fan or action lover would enjoy playing a game or simulation of what they enjoy watching and doing, soccer or football has many titles to choose from, with FIFA being the most well known and arguably the best title out there.
In recent years we’ve seen the addition of FUT (FIFA Ultimate Team) to FIFA which has given the competitive aspect of the game a lot more exposure as well as reducing the complexity of becoming an active member and competitor in FIFA.
As the title suggests, the Bravado Gaming family has been extended to include a FIFA team comprising of 2 FIFA players, namely:
Learn more about the players by heading over to our official team page here which includes a short description of each individual.
A brief interview with the players
Could you give us an insight into the history of competitive Fifa in South Africa
Competitive Fifa as always been around but started coming to the fore in 2010.
Does Fifa have the largest community in South Africa when compared to other games?
It’s a difficult question to answer, but it’s definitely up there with Call of Duty, Dota 2 and CS. The scene probably is one of the largest if not the largest however the competitive scene isn’t as large as other titles.
What is the typical format of a South African event and what is the typical format of an overseas event?
The typical format of both is very similar. There are a few ways we see it being hosted, groups and knockouts champions league style, single elimination or double elimination.
For those interested in competing, what are some pieces of advice you would give?
The main thing is dedication. You have to want it and you have to love it. You need to make sure you attend every tournament possible, regardless of the prize pool. The being that it’s where you gain valuable experience and begin to build your character and fame in the Fifa community. Make sure you interact with the players, speak to the top guys and keep in contact with them, that’s how you gain insight into the community. And last but not least, time. Dedicate a certain amount of time to the game everyday, even if you start off at half an hour or an hour.
What are some of the training regimes you implement and how many hours a day do you play?
One of the most important things to remember is quantity doesn’t necessarily always mean improvement. Yes quantity is good, but you’ve got to make sure the time you spend is quality. So personally, I spend some time watching a few youtube videos with regards to different aspects of the game, then I try to implement that in online games as well as kick off games. It’s always good to be able to analyze and identify your problems. I personally like having my formation and team decided some time before the tournament, so it gives me time to adjust if need be. Also an important thing that’s a part of my training is that I try and get in some games with the premier or top players in the community a few days before the tournament. The day before the tournament I don’t play much, I just try to prepare mentally.
Does watching real football leagues such as the Premier League aid you in preparing for games and learning new strategies?
Yeah it does help. It teaches you new strategies like switching play. Passing back more often. Passing more in general also. – Zaahid ‘Zaz’ Laher
Do you feel a separate Fifa title should be made to cater specifically to the needs of competitive players?
With regards to that, FUT Champions has already been implemented as the new competitive platform and that’s the way the scene is moving towards.
What do you think of Pro Evolution Soccer? Is there space for that game and a competitive scene for it in South Africa?
Personally I don’t play it and majority if not 99 percent of South Africans prefer and play Fifa. PES might be fun to certain people and have some amazing graphics, but it definitely isn’t a platform for competitive play and I don’t see it forming one.
How do you see Fifa growing in South Africa in the future?
I see it growing immensely in all aspects. From the amount of players and spectators, to the prize pools and amount of Esport teams getting involved. An example would be the VS Gaming Tournament which has been the biggest in South Africa and Africa thus far. So from here on, I only see growth and improvement
Can our local players challenge some of the top international players?
Definitely so without a doubt. The more opportunities we get and the more exposure we have, our guys will definitely gain much needed experience and be able to butt heads and topple the international pros.
What is the age range of players, and what do you think is required to start playing Fifa competitively?
Age ranges from 12 up to 30. To play competitively, all you need is a console, tv or a monitor and a stable internet line. However the most needed item on the list is dedication and hard work.
I hope the questions and answers answered (mostly by Wasim) has provided all of us with a better understanding and insight into the intricacies of competitive FIFA.
I’ve been speaking with Wasim about this FIFA line-up for the last 6 months. It’s been a lot of ‘work in process’ but we came to the conclusion that bringing in a FIFA squad would be awesome for our gaming organization. This opens up a new world of e-sports for us here at Bravado Gaming and at the same time, serving home to these individuals is an honor. I have no doubt that the boys will work hard and dedicate themselves to consistently achieve top results throughout 2018 and I’m super excited to see what the world of FIFA holds for our South African community next year.
The guys are young, dedicated and motivated to make something out of their e-sports careers and we’re going to work as hard as we can to help them make that goal a realization. I have my utmost trust in the captain, Wasim to lead the team and help all individuals (including himself) grow from strength-to-strength.
I would officially like to welcome both players to our home and we’ll make sure that we can be as accommodating as much as we can, to help build these players into superstars while simultaneously allowing Bravado Gaming to expand into new and deeper waters. Gentlemen, welcome to the Bravado Gaming. GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL. – Andreas ‘Cent’ Hadjipaschali, CEO of Bravado Gaming (PTY) LTD.
A little bit more you need to know about
Competitive FIFA, much like other titles, has its own set of rules that vary in minute ways across various event hosts for example the time per half at the VS Gaming event earlier this year was 4 minutes whereas it would usually be either 6 or 5 minutes. This was done due to the incredible amount of people that participated in the event, thus leading to time constraints. Most tournaments would turn off assists such as tackling assists as it leads to more thoughtful and tactical play where the player is in control of everything and is required to have more skill and game knowledge.
To end off, the guys gave some advice to younger players looking at making a name for themselves in the competitive FIFA scene:
– Follow some of the professional players on Twitter and interact with them regularly.
– Be respectful and don’t become notorious for saltiness and toxicity.
– Persevere, even when losing or being completely outplayed.
– Learn how to adapt to different play-styles quickly.Never lose your head and always try to stay focused.
– Have a willingness to fight till the end, no matter what.
These tips are universal across all titles but are especially helpful for up and coming players. We’d like to see the competitive scene grow and our goal is to implement and groom younger players into it. Maybe one day you’ll be part of the Bravado family!
The Adidas Base Tournament
Quite interestingly enough, the Bravado management team made way to the Adidas Base tournament which took place at the Cambridge Commercial Park on Saturday the 2nd of December. The event saw 64 (first come, first serve) players compete in a single elimination, best of one format. During this event we saw Zaz partake, who was confident of making a good first appearance under the Bravado banner.
Unfortunately Zaz was knocked out in the round of 16, taking on some fierce and talented players. This included Zaz going down to Shuaib Hassen from the official Orlando Pirates E-Sports team. Shuaib was also crowned the champion of the previous Adidas Base Tournament, beating our very own Zaz in the grand finals.
Once again, on behalf of Bravado Gaming, it’s players, staff and management we would officially like to welcome the boys with open arms to our family! We would like to once again thank each and every person for your continued support. Make sure you follow Bravado Gaming on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Bravado Gaming is proudly sponsored by Alienware and Intel and is the proud brand ambassador for Alienware in South Africa. Also, check the local Alienware Facebook page by heading over here.